Bolt The Duer bests Mel Mara in Simpson

06:05 AM 06 May 2012 NZST
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Bolt The Duer
Bolt The Duer - Trained by Peter Foley, banked $214,058 as a freshman
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Saturday night at the Meadowlands featured the harness racing elimination for the Graduate and the $49,584 John Simpson Memorial. Bolt The Duer defeated the buzz horse Mel Mara in a 1:51.3 mile. Bolt The Duer went for the top and lead through a :27.3 opening quarter and a :57 (29.2) half .

Friday At Five came first over and took the lead from Bolt The Duer.

Ideal Champ came first over and supplied cover to Mel Mara. At three-quarters, Mel Mara fanned three wide and Bolt The Duer was drifting out. Three-quarters was in 1:24.3 (:27.3). Mel Mara took the lead heading down the stretch and Bolt The Duer was four wide and swoop by Mel Mara. Bolt The Duer was an easy winner.

Mel Mara was second, Social Network was third and All Steinam was fourth.

Bolt The Duer is a three-year-old colt by Ponder out of the mare Wonderbolt by Artsplace. He is owned by All Star Racing Incorporated, trained by Peter Foley and Mark MacDonald was in the bike.

Rockincam proved he was the best in the $50,000 Graduation elimination for Free For All Pacers. Golden Receiver was second and Foiled Again was third.

Meirs Hanover went for the lead and Golden Receiver swooped from post 7 to claim it. Alexie Mattosie applied pressure through an opening quarter in :26.2. Down the backstretch, Golden Receiver quickly retook the lead approaching the half-mile.

Rockincam came first over and supplied cover to the parked Foiled Again. Rockincam quickly challenged Golden Receiver at the half in :54.2 (:28).

Around the far turn, Golden Receiver and Rockincam were eye to eye at three-quarters in 1:21.3 (27.1). Golden Receiver lead the way down the stretch. Rockincam was with him stride for stride and left him behind entering the sixteenth pole. Foiled Again was holding on for third.

Rockincam paced the first over effort in 1:48.1 (:26.3). Golden Receiver was second and Foiled Again was third.

Rockincam is a five-year-old horse by Cambest out of the mare Migraine by Albert Albert. He is owned by Stepehen Farrell, trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman and was driven to victory by David Miller.

by Ray COTOLO

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